HCMC – The HCMC government on May 27 asked three investors of build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects to promptly install non-stop electronic toll collection (ETC) systems by July.
The An Suong-An Lac toll station developed by IDICO needs to install the ETC systems on four of its lanes, while the HCMC Infrastructure Investment JSC has been ordered to install the systems on eight lanes of the tollgate on the Hanoi Highway.
Vicem Ha Tien JSC is asked to install the non-stop ETC systems at the BOT tollgate on the road linking Nguyen Duy Trinh Street and the Phu Huu industrial park in Thu Duc City before putting it into service for toll collection.
The city assigned the HCMC Departments of Transport and Planning and Investment to oversee and evaluate the installation of ETC systems at these tollgates, the local media reported.
On the same day, the municipal government sent a report on the process of installing non-stop ETC systems at tollgates in the city to the prime minister. The city proposed not installing the systems on some lanes of the two toll stations as toll collection will be suspended there, including the Phu My bridge toll station on Vo Chi Cong Street in Thu Duc City and the tollgate on Nguyen Van Linh Street in District 7.
The two stations have only four or five years of toll collection to be completed and charge road users low rates, while the cost of installing the ETC systems is very high, according to the report.